In its first-ever run down the drag strip, the hugely powerful electric Chevrolet Camara eCopo pops a big wheelie. Then, it blazes down the strip.
One of the coolest things to emerge from SEMA last year, was Chevy’s eCopo Camaro, an all-electric 700--hp dragster that promises silent, nine-second quarter-miles. A few days ago, it made it’s first run down the ‘strip, and yes, it did a wheelie. A big one.
Don’t be fooled by the lopey V8 idle in this video—that’s the old Dodge pickup lined up next to the eCopo. The Camaro first rips a burnout with only the faint whirr of an electric motor as accompaniment, and then it lines up for the run. It storms off the line, front tires way in the air, on the way to a 10.1-second run with a trap speed of 131 mph. And according to the video uploader, the eCopo was only running at 80-percent power, so Chevy’s claimed nine-second runs are well within reach.
It’s a pretty righteous scene. The future melding with one of America’s great motorsport traditions in perfect harmony. Proof that all-electric doesn’t mean boring.